Sikes: Neighbors ‘fed up’ with short term rental disruptions

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I am writing to you to send the attached picture that was taken of a short term rental in my neighborhood in south Scottsdale.

The picture was posted on Nextdoor in the Hy-View neighborhood. The woman who took the picture has told me that it is okay to share the picture, although she does not wish to be identified or become involved.

The picture was taken on East Lewis between 64th Street and 66th Street. I have driven by and am pretty certain which house it is.
The view is taken from the north, as one can see the airplane in the distance moving towards Sky Harbor.

The woman stated that the boys were partying on the roof and jumping from the roof into the swimming pool. The woman tells me that the house was owned by a couple for 27 years.

After they passed away, the house was bought by a flipper and is now being used as a short term rental.

This was posted on Nextdoor during a conversation by neighbors who are getting fed up with these short term rentals. Although they are not all a problem, some people have complained that they are having to listen to loud music and partying much of the time and that it’s like living next door to a hotel.

Only there is no one there to manage and enforce rules (if there are any).

The residents’ only recourse is to call the police whenever it gets unbearable.

One couple with young children stated that they were unable to even enjoy their back yard anymore. Some are having trouble getting their school aged children to bed on time.

I’m sharing this with you to help bring awareness to this problem so that maybe our state legislators will take notice.

Editor’s Note: Gail Sikes is a Scottsdale resident.

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